2018-01-10 / Community View

Jumanji remake is surprisingly good

I 'll admit it, I didn't have a good feeling about going to see a remake of a Robin Williams' movie.

I grew up when he was on Happy Days taking on the Fonz and Mork and Mindy. I guess it's just another part of my childhood gone.

So, besides all the stuff I should be telling my shrink, I really enjoyed this movie. The comedic team of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart works for me. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Jack Black's best movie since School of Rock and Karen Gillan finally gets to get out from behind her Nebula makeup from Guardians of the Galaxy.

The movie starts out in 1996, a year after the original. Teen Alex Vreeke's dad finds the original game of Jumanji and gives it to his son. The game transforms from a board game to a game that fits his gaming console and it sucks him into the game.

Flash 20 years forward and four students at Brantford High were given detention. For punishment they have to take staples out of old magazines and happen across the console.

Well, being kids, they plug it in and are sucked into the game.

From here the movie really picks up. The characters quickly fall into place with their strengths and weaknesses and start bring in the humor.

Spencer the nerd turns into Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Johnson). The big, athletic Fridge turns into "Mouse" Finbar (Hart). Bethany Walker, the self-absorbed popular girl turns into "Shelly" Oberon (Black) and Martha, the quiet smart girl turns into Ruby Roundhouse, a martial artist and dance fighter (Gillan).

There was a lot of action and a nice tribute to Alan Parrish, Williams' character in the original movie.

— Lee Morse

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